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elizabeth keep it together? 30 years ago today, john lennon was shot in the upper west side of manhattan. the question is, did you know "rolling stone" has been sitting on lennon's final interview for 30 years? you'll finally hear it this morning. it's way too early for this. [ alarm ringing ] good morning, i'm willie geist, and this is "way too early," the show that wonders how lennon got past the co-op board. they're brutal. glad you're watching or listening live on sirius xm radio. shoot me an e-mail, let me know why you're awake right now, or you can do what mark david chapman does and text the word "awake" followed by your response at 622639. we'll read the best responses later in the show. the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for for wednesday, december 8. australian officials suggesting the united states might want to look at itself rather than julian assange about those diplomatic cables. plus, even in the final days
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of the show, larry king just continues to crank out television magic. last night, larry and wes lesnipes sit down to -- wesley snipes sit down to talk tax evasion, with a special appearance by joe brown. think you'll enjoy. it. first to the news live at 5:30 a.m. at 30 rock in new york city. vice president joe biden heads to capitol hill today to convince angry democrats to support the administration's tax -- at a closed door meeting last night, democratic house members slammed the white house for shutting them out of final negotiations. caved in too quickly to republican priorities. like the tax cuts for the highest earners and the estate tax. but in a hastily aa ranged news conference yesterday, the president launched a forceful defense of the concessions he says he had to make. >> this isn't an abstract debate. this is real money for real people. it will make a real difference
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in the lives of the folks who sent us here. it will make a real difference in the pace of job creation. and economic growth. in other words, it's a good deal for the american people. i know there are some who would have preferred a protracted political fight. even if it had meant higher tax for all americans. even if it had meant an end to unemployment insurance for those desperately looking for work. and i understand the desire for a fight. i'm sympathetic to that. i'm as opposed to the high-end tax cuts today as i've been for years. in the long run, we simply can't afford them. i will be happy to see the republicans test whether or not i'm itching for a night on a whole range -- a fight on a whole range of issues. i'm suspecting they are, and i think the american people will be on my side on a bunch of these fights. >> the president then said permanent effects for the wealthiest americans remain, though, his line in the sand.
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>> i've got a whole bunch of lines in the sand. not -- not making tax cuts for the wealthy permanent. that was a lion in the sand. making sure that the things that most impact middle-class families and low-income families, that those were preserved. that was a line in the sand. >> so the line in the sand about the wealthy was not making it permanent. he still gave it to them, of course, for two years. he also compared all the unrest we've seen on the left with the progressive anger the president faced at the dropping of the public health insurance option. >> this notion that somehow, you know, we are willing to compromise too much remind me of the debate that we had during health care. this is the public option debate all over again. because there was a provision in there that they didn't get that would have affected maybe a
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couple of million people, even though we got health insurance for 30 million people and the potential for lower premiums for 100 million people, that somehow that was a sign of weakness and compromise. >> later in a response to a question about how he would show democrats that he is not abandoning his core principles, the president in effect said the world goes beyond "the new york times" and "wall street journal" editorial pages, talking about the left and the right in the "wall street journal's" case. despite what analysts are calling a forceful tone. comments from white house speaker nancy pelosi indicated she's not sold on the agreement. the tax proposal announced by the president clearly presents, says nancy pelosi, the differences between democrats and republicans. the democratic provisions will create jobs and help 155 million workers through tax cuts for the middle class. the republican demands would provide tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires, fail to create jobs, and increase the deficit. we will continue discussions with the president and our
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caucus in the days ahead. congressman chris van holland, a member of the house leadership and incoming ranking democrat on the budget committee, made even bolder remarks. >> house democrats have not signed off on this deal. i will be meeting with our caucus later today to discuss it. i have some serious reservations about parts of this deal. i understand the importance of getting to an understanding. but there's certain elements that i think are going to cause great concern to members of the caucus. >> senate democrats over in the senate also less than convinced. >> i voted on many compromises. half of the package i love, half the package i hate. i have to weigh it for my constituents. and i will do the same here. but if i end up voting for this package, it will not be silently. it will be being sort of dragged to that position, having firmly established that i disagree strongly with some provisions and can't imagine this president leading the country in that
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direction. and afl-cio president richard trumka says it is unconscionable that the price of support for struggling middle-class families and workers who have been unable to find jobs for months and months and months is yet more giveaways for the wealthiest families. the gains for the middle class and jobless workers in the deal come at too high a price. despite the opposition, mitch mcconnell says the agreement is "essentially final." >> i think the vast majority of the members of the republican congress and u.s. senate feel this is a step in the right direction. an important step to take for the american people. and i think the vast majority of any members will be supporting it. >> yes, the vast majority of republicans are praising the tax package this morning. some taking issue, though, with language used by president obama and other democrats, comparing republican members to hostage-takers. >> i've said before that i felt that the middle-class tax cuts were being held hostage to the
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high-end tax cuts. i think it's tempting not to negotiate with hostage-takers. unless the hostage gets harmed. in this case, the hostage was the american people, and i was not willing to see them get harmed. >> the president's side of the ledger affects 156 million people in our country. that -- those initiatives are being held hostage. >> the american people are outraged that the republicans are holding hostage two million unemployed workers. >> the fact of the matter is republicans were holding middle-class taxes hostage. >> house republican whip eric kantor sharply criticized the hostage analogy -- the american people are looking for results. they want to see an economy that returns to growth mode and want to see more jobs for more americans. i don't think those comments were helpful. with a massive tax cut package deal edging closer to final agreement, congress will
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attempt to pass two major items before the end of the year. a $1.1 trillion bill to keep the government running, and a new s.t.a.r.t. nuclear arms treaty with russia. both will be extremely tough to achieve before the end of next week when congressional leaders plan to go home. other news. wikileaks' founder julian assange remains behind bars this morning after being refused bail by a london court in a sex crimes investigation. a judge yesterday deemed the 39-year-old a flight risk. so he will remain in custody until a fresh hearing next week. wikileaks tweeted a statement on the arrest yesterday saying the release of the u.s. diplomatic cables will continue. meanwhile, australian officials now pointing the finger at the u.s., not assange, for the revelation saying those who "originally leaked the documents are the ones elderliy liable." former australian prime minister kevin rudd, described in the cables as a control freak also raised questions about the "adequacy of u.s. security."
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despite the detention of assange, the cables keep coming. this time about the controversial release of the so-called lockerbie bomber. the cables show england feared enormous trade repercussions from libya if abdelbaset ali al megrahi died in prison. after what are described as thuggish threats by libyan officials, england released al megrahi on allegeaedly compassionate grounds. since doctors gave him three months to live. over a year later, he is the only person convicted in the 1988 pan am bombing, and he is still alive today. talks between the u.s. and south korea got underway in seoul today with the two allies discussing ways to deter future aggression from north korea. joint chiefs of staff chairman admiral mike mullen taking part in the negotiations, warned this morning that the north should not mistake south korean restraint as a lack of resolve, adding, "nor should they interpret it as a willingness to accept continued attacks." mullen also vowed to hold more
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joint drills with the south in response to the north's deadly attack on a south korean island last month that killed four people. this comes as the u.s. continues to press china, the north's main source of trade and aid, to play a bigger role in helping stave off military escalation on the korean peninsula. to that end, the obama administration is sending its number-two diplomat and three other top officials to china next week for talks. u.s. officials say the obama administration has now abandoned attempts to persuade israel to freeze settlement construction in the west bank. the development would deal a major blow to the resumption of middle east peace talks and one of the top foreign policy initiatives. now with senior israeli and palestinian negotiators scheduled to hold talks if washington next week and secretary of state hillary clinton due to deliver a major middle east speech this friday, it is unclear what direction white house policy will now take. yet a new reaction to the death of elizabeth edwards this morning. she lost her battle with cancer,
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as you know by now, yesterday at the age of 61. the estranged wife of former democratic presidential candidate john edwards became a compelling figure if her own right, writing two best-selling books, and advocating for health care reform among many other things. throughout her life, however, she suffered public hardships, losing her 16-year-old son in a car accident, and watching her marriage crumble after her husband fathered a child with another woman. in a statement president obama said, "she was a tenacious advocate for fixing our health care system and fighting poverty." and her husband's former running mate john kerry said "elizabeth edwards was an incredibly loving, giving, and devoted mother." a source close to the family says the edwardses will announce funeral plans shortly. the service will likely be sometime in the next few days, probably this weekend. education secretary arne duncan is calling it a wake-up call. new results from a key international assessment show american students continue to trail their peers in a pack of
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higher performing nations. scores from a comprehensive 2009 test reveal out of 31 countries -- 34 countries, the u.s. ranked 14th, 17th and 25th, scores all higher than those of 2003 and 2006. far behind the highest scoring countries, south korea, finland, singapore, hong kong, shanghai, and canada. still ahead on "the way too early," with a new contract in hand, derek jeter admits he was angry with the yankees when management went public in the newspapers during negotiations. we'll tell you what caused jeter to display human emotion for the first time since the fall of 2009. plus, "rolling stone" has been sitting on the final john lennon interview for 30ers. what exactly are you waiting for here, guys? lennon takes on critics from the grave.
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john lennon arrived at the emergency room at the roosevelt hospital. he was dead at the time of his arrival. numerous resuscitated efforts were made after his arrival in the hospital, including transfusions, surgical procedures, other procedures, but in spite of the effort of many physicians and after many procedures, we were unable to restore the life of mr. lennon. t what the eight layers needed.
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5:46 in the morning. live picture of washington, d.c., the jefferson memorial. let's check weather with nbc meteorologist bill karins. bill? the big chill continues. no changes, willie. a weather pattern we are stuck in. it looks like we're going to be
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cold for the next couple of days. we get a break this weekend with a big storm moving across the country. then another huge arctic outbreak next week. we're locked into the heart of winter already. it's early. temperatures this morning, minus two in minneapolis, windchill, two in chicago. atlanta has a windchill of 13. so there's really not many areas of the country that are avoiding this arctic blast. the big cities of the east, it's just like yesterday, it's windchills will be in the teens this morning as you head out the door. there's not as many snow flurries out there. we should have more in the way of sunshine. highs today, only the mid to low 30s. that's all we can do for your wednesday forecast. if you lock at the middle of the country -- if you look at the mid of the country, kansas city, 38. atlanta, snow flurries. we've had reports this morning in arkansas and mississippi of all places. by the time we get to thursday, once again, still very cold. and as i mentioned, it looks even worse next week. >> wow. all right. we're getting into winter finally. we had our reprieve. >> november was all right. all of a sudden the door slammed. >> smacking us in the face.
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thank you very much. turning to sports, we never had any doubt that it was going to get worked out. derek jeter is officially returning to the new york yankees after weeks of negotiation drama which included the yankees telling their all-star captain, go ahead, test the free market. see how you like it, pal. the two parties formally announced his three-year, $51 million contract, that's $17 million a year if you're doing the math in. yesterday's news conference, jert confessed. this is a guy that doesn't get fired up often, this he was not happy with the way yankees management handled the negotiation. >> the thing that bothered me most was how public this became. this was a negotiation, the negotiations were supposed to be private. i prided myself on keeping things out of the papers and media, and this turned into a big public thing. i was angry at most how i was portrayed throughout the whole thing. i've heard greed, i've heard all of a sudden now i have an ego and arrogance, and i don't think that was portrayed correctly
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because this was a negotiation. and from my understanding of the negotiation is one side makes an offer, the other side makes an offer, and you try to come to agreement. >> jeter went on to say the yankees are the only team i ever wanted to play for, i never even considered looking at other teams. well, mike tyson is in the news. the international boxing hall of fame announced its new inductees yesterday. among them names you may expect, iron mike tyson, good for him, finally get in there, julio cesar chavez, as well. there's one name you might not have seen coming -- sylvester stallone. boxing hall of fame. how about that? best known for his role as, of course, rocky balboa, in the movies. he was officially elected into the boxing hall of fame as a screenwriter. taking screenwriters in the hall of fame? he was nominated for an oscar for writing the original film. he even has a statue of himself, as you know, in front of the philadelphia art museum. rock in the hall of fame.
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so how much does $41 million buy you in the nfl? not much if you're the washington redskins. yesterday, skins coach mike shanahan announced he's suspending star defensive tackle albert haynesworth, a guy that's been a headache all season, without pay for the remainder of the year saying hanynesworth refused to adapt and played in first and second down situations. he won't play on first or second down. you punt from fourth down, doesn't leave a lot. under the colleague's collective bargaining agreement, he's played in only eight games all season. coming up at the top of the hour on "morning joe," president obama slaps around his progressive allies and warns republicans he's itching for a fight. how are both sides reacting? when we come back, we'll huddle up around the water cooler to watch a new interview that's been sitting on the shelf
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at "rolling stone" magazine for 30 years, now on the anniversary of his death, we hear from the grave john lennon against his critics. trust me. trust me. ya i like that. trust me. bankers are known to be a little bit in love with themselves. are we going up? we can get the next one. i'd like to get your advice on hedging - risk... exposure. what makes us different? for 300 years we've chosen to focus on our clients. what a novel idea.
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president obama is hoping to jumpstart job growth with his
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tax deal. and new data on the job market shows the country's employers plan to kick off the new year, at least some of them, with a few new hires. if you want to sound smart today, tell your friends that 14% of u.s. employers plan to increase staffing in the first quarter of 2011, according to manpower, which notes that the numbers are the most upbeat hiring outlook for the nation since 2008. manpower also a great group in the late '70s. let's huddle around the water cooler to check out -- have you heard this -- john lenn lennon's final interview given to "rolling stone" 30iers ago and release tuesday week on the anniversary of his death. it will be in "rolling stone" that hits stands on friday. "the lost lennon tapes." the associated press got a copy of the interview that was conducted three days before john lennon was shot outside his apartment building 30 years ago today. in part, in the interview, here's some of what john lennon says. you got to read the whole thing. here's a little talking about his critics. "these critics with the
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illusions they've created about artists, it's like idol worship. they only like people when they're on the way up. i cannot be on the way up again. what they want is dead heroes like sid vicious and james dean. i'm not interested in being a dead blanking hero so forget them. forget them." that was three days before he was shot. bruce springsteen at the time was scene as the future of rock 'n' roll. here's what lennon said about the boss. "god help bruce springsteen when they they decide he's no longer god. they'll turn on him, and i hope he survives it." now the man who conducted the interviews said when lennon was shot, the tapes went up on the shelf. recently he was going through some old stuff and found them. he said the quality of the tapes were great. a long interview with john lennon 30 years later preserved. you can read it in "rolling stone" magazine. last night, "larry king live" in the final days of his program, cranking out the hits. this time talking to one wesley snipes. as you may know, snipes has been in trouble. he'll report to mckeon federal correction institution in pennsylvania thursday to begin
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serving a three-year sentence for failing to file tax returns. where did it all go wrong? larry and wesley. >> you know, it's very, very interesting. it's been presented as though i am worthy of this kind of punishment. i've been a law-abiding citizen since i grew up in the bronx. >> can you tell us, dan, in simple terms, why is your client going to jail thursday? >> my client is going to jail -- >> let me say, we still have prayers out there, larry. and we still believe in miracles. so don't -- don't send me up the river just yet. all right? >> okay. >> you know what you're thinking as you watch this, i wonder what judge joe brown had to say about all this. >> it's just not called for because he does so much good. we've got sitting back in the green room some top-tier shall we say operatives who came back from afghanistan just to show moral support because they think he's a good guy.
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and he boosted troops' morale like john wanye, bob hope, entertainers that said i'm about the american way. >> the troops for wesley snipes. you should be, too. still ahead, while you're awake, texts and emails next. ♪ ♪
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